Ericaceae
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Kinnickinnick

Low creeping shrub, seldom more than 8 in. high. Stems reddish brown, older bark rough, new growth shredding, covered with matted hairs. Leaves spreading outward to upward, 1 in. long or less, oval, wider near rounded tips, with light green shiny undersides, darker green upper surfaces. Flowers pinkish white, bell-shaped, in small dense clusters. Berries are flattened globes, shiny bright red. Grows in dry rocky soils, outcrops, from coast to alpine. Circumboreal. Often cultivated.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: trailing
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Subalpine
  • Found In: West Gorge, Wallowas, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Steens, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes